Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Margaret Wiss

Margaret Wiss is a choreographer, educator, performer. She was born and raised outside of Boston, MA. Growing up with two artists as parents, her creative practice embraces many disciplines. She trained at Lexington School of Ballet under Linda Dibona Brassel (Boston Ballet), Roseann Ridings (Boston Ballet) and Nadine Moody (Agnes DeMille). Wiss augmented her training at various summer programs including Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy, training under former members of Bill T. Jones & Arnie Zane's Dance Company (Heidi Latsky, Andrea Woodes) and working with Adele Myers and Edisa Weeks while performing at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art.

A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, magna cum laude, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Kinesiology with high honors from the dance department. She was awarded the Dance Department Award for Important Choreographic and Performance Contributions. As a member of the Five College Dance Department, she performed at The Kennedy Center and worked with Pilobolus Dance Theater as well as choreographers Jennifer Hart and Kinsun Chan.

As a choreographer, Wiss is interested in the interaction between dance and science. She has worked as a physical therapy aide for various companies. Dance medicine and science are integral to her pedagogy. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. In 2018, she founded Xsection Film Festival, a Boston-based event sparking interdisciplinary collaboration between dance, science, and film. Wiss' screendances have been selected for various film festivals.

As a choreographer and under the name Wiss.co, she has presented work across the United States. She has choreographed for PDX Contemporary Ballet, North Atlantic Dance Theatre, The Harvard Ballet Company, and the DanceBARN Festival. She was an Artist in Residence on Islesford, Maine this past summer. With Colin Minigan, the composer she has been working with for three years, they continued developing an evening-length work premiering May 2020*.

She has taught for Mount Holyoke College and choreographed for the Five College Dance Department as well as at Tisch School for the Arts Dance Department. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Dance with a concentration in choreography from NYU's Tisch School for the Arts.

 

*premiere date postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19

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Additional Links: 
Forth & Back // Made in collaboration with Colin Minigan, Sean Pfeiffer, Demetris Charalambous, Christina Dooling, Lindsay Zogbi, Owen Burnham
A dancefilm created in collaboration with composer Colin Minigan, the dancers, and the landscapes of Islesford, ME and New York City.

I Have Worked With

  • January 2017 to December 2020

    Participant in month choreographic challenge 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. 

    On the artist committee in NYC. Attend monthly meetings, assited with the production and photography of dance showings and gala performance. Created videos for grant proposals and promotional materials. Leadership role planning 2020 screendance festival.

     

  • January 2018 to December 2020

    Founder and director for international short film festival sparking interdisciplinary collaboration between dance and science. Manage curatorial team, plan monthly meetings, and act as graphic designer for posters and social media posts. Create budgets and contracts in addition to grant writing.

     

  • December 2020

    Gallery exhibit, Close to Home: Solo Show. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Margaret
Job Title/Position: 
Choreographer
Physical Address: 
Weston, MA 02493

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Ballet
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Media - Film
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Year Founded: 
2014
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Exhibitions
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Residency - Other
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
20
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
International Association of Dance Medicine and Science
NACHMO Artist Committee
Education: 
MFA Dance, New York University, Tisch for the Arts
BA Dance Kinesiology, Mount Holyoke College
Awards: 
DanceBARN Festival Scholarship 2020
Massachusetts Cultural Council, Local Cultural Council Award 2019
NYU Tisch Initiative for Creative Research Support
NYU Tisch Initiative for Creative Research Graduate Fund
Live Arts Boston Award Finalist The Boston Foundation
Dance Department Award for important choreographic and performance contributions, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
High Honors Thesis, Nothing happens until something moves: Exploring the Kinetic Energy of Body, Sound and Space through Movement, Mount Holyoke College Dance Department, South Hadley, MA
Mary Lyon Scholar, Mount Holyoke College
Magna Cum Laude, Mount Holyoke College
Lynk-UAF Fellowship, Mount Holyoke College

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Basic Lighting
Speakers
Fee Range Minimum: 
$300
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
10